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Vocations Sunday, 25th April 2021


Vocations Sunday

This Sunday (25th April) is Vocations Sunday, where we consider what God might be calling us to, and celebrating various ministries. In the service we will be publicly renewing the authorised lay licenses for those who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion.

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This Week's News


Our Annual Parish Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th April at 11:15am in church. There is a dedicated page on our website where you can view the report booklet, plus details of how to attend, and how to stand for election to the PCC. Click on "APCM 2021" at the top of the page. You can directly sign up to attend the meeting in person by clicking this link:

Step Forward Vocations Video

A few curates from the Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham (including Ben) put together a video for the Archbishop of York's young vocations event "Step Forward", which took place in March. The theme this year was Baptism as the source of our Christian vocation. You can watch the video below, and find out more about Step Forward here.

St Mary’s Grounds Redevelopment

Our church grounds are in a poor state of repair and we want to improve them for our congregation, our church hall users and for all those whom we wish to attract to events and services in our buildings. We have a new set of plans, and we are inviting you to have a look, and give us any feedback. The architect will attend our APCM on Sunday 25th April to answer any questions which should be received in advance by Friday 23rd April.

General feedback about the design can be made up until the 7th May.

Installation at Carlisle Cathedral

The Revd Dr Benjamin Carter, a former curate here at St Mary's, will be installed as Canon Warden of Carlisle Cathedral this Sunday 25th April at 3pm. We pray that Benjamin has a happy and fulfilling ministry in his new role at Carlisle and we send love and congratulations to him.

The service can be viewed on the Carlisle Cathedral Facebook page here >


Diary & Reminders


  • Sunday 25th April: 10am Eucharist for Vocations Sunday (4th Sunday of Easter)

  • Sunday 25th April: 11:15am Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) in church.

  • Wednesday 28th April: 9am Morning Prayer, then...

  • Wednesday 28th April: Church open until midday for private prayer.

  • Wednesday 28th April: 7.30pm Finance Group meeting via Zoom.


Congratulations to The Rev’d Joanna Porter who, on Monday 19 April 2021 at 7pm, will be licensed (remotely) as Priest in Charge of the Seven Sowers Benefice by The Ven Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton.

Derek's book 'A Light to my Path'

Derek Burton has an article in the Newcastle Reader magazine about his book ‘A Light to my Path’. You can look at the article here:

100 Club

Our April winners are: £50 Nicola Scully; £30 Revd Benjamin Jarvis; £20 Jacqueline Ballantine.

The Link Newspaper for April

"The Link", the Diocese of Newcastle Newspaper is available online.


For your prayers this week:

Your Prayers are requested for

Jonathan Rodd, Olya Bouchard, Don, Alan and Margaret Stears, Rose Ketteringham, and Martin Cooper.

Rest in Peace

Violet Walsh

Norman Taylor

Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list. You can also use the form on the website here to submit a prayer request online.

A prayer for Vocations Sunday

Almighty God, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me whatever you will.

Whatever you may do I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me.

I wish no more than this.

Into your hands I commend my soul. I offer it to you with all the love of my heart.

For I love you Lord and so need to give myself,

surrender myself into your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence

for you are my Father. Amen


This Sunday's Hymns & Readings


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